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What WebMD say's about being Diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder

7 months ago

If a doctor thinks someone has symptoms of schizoaffective disorder, they’ll want to know everything about that person’s medical history -- both physical and mental. They may also give that person a physical exam.

There are no laboratory tests to specifically diagnose schizoaffective disorder. So doctors may use various tests -- such as brain imaging (like MRI scans) and blood tests -- to make sure that a physical illness isn’t the reason for the symptoms.

If the doctor finds no physical cause, he may refer the person to a psychiatrist or psychologist. These mental health professionals are trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. They use specially designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate a person for a psychotic disorder.

In order to diagnose someone with schizoaffective disorder, the person must have periods of uninterrupted illness and, at some point, an episode of mania, major depression, or a mix of both, while also having symptoms of schizophrenia. The person must also have had a period of at least two weeks of psychotic symptoms without the mood (depression or bipolar) symptoms.
Just giving this info that it said on the website